IV BW – Biomedical Workshop at the UTP University of Science and Technology, Bydgoszcz, Poland

April 1-2, 2019

(catchphrase: Health and Wellbeing of the Kujawy and Pomorze  Population)

Jędrzej Śniadecki (1768-1838), professor of chemistry and medicine at the Vilnius University, whose name along with his brother’s Jan (mathematician and astronomer), is proudly given to our university, was an apt promoter of healthy living conditions of humans, to mention but one mammalian species.
His famous book, translated last year from 19th century Polish into English, titled Theory of Organic Beings (also published in Poland 2018 by HINT in contemporary Polish), contains numerous examples collected by Śniadecki upon the role and importance of vitality and locomotion in humans’ daily lives, especially those related to physiology and organism proper functioning, and the resulting integrity. As was shown, the latter affects immensely the locomotion of humans. The impact of those factors applied to an organism in the course of time, thus interrelated tightly with the ageing effect, influences directly on multiscale internal mechanisms of locomotion, whether obstructed or performed in a fairly smooth, thus coordinated way.
The overall environmental impact, intermingled with specificity of locomotion biomechanics, especially with the pivotal role played by bone architecture (characterized by a porosity factor) as combined with the equally chief role of the articulating (mechanically linking) systems, while in locomotion and when remaining static, constitute the principal interest of the IV Biomedical Workshop (IV BW). The IV BW is planned to be organized on April 1-2, 2019, and located in the Jan Czochralski Innovation and Technology Space of the UTP Regional Centre of Innovativeness (RCI, UTP Senate Hall C8).

Thus, the principal message sent by IV BW concentrates on certain gerontology oriented tasks, in particular with ageing while in locomotion, mechanisms of obstruction of locomotion of humans, animals, and the likes. Some prosthetic and biomechanical solutions will be discussed as the obstruction per se is affected by civilization development, thus the locomotion too; friction, lubrication and wear, as well as surface/membraneous properties of articular biodevices manifest as another example.
The main sections are called: Locomotion Biomechanics – Basic Characteristics, and Related Topics; Locomotion Biomechanics and Physiology – Articulating Devices, Their Functioning and Interfacial Characteristics; Locomotion Biomechanics – (Bio)materials and Methods with Biomimetic Solutions.
Together with UTP Publishing Department the Organizers of the IV BW plan to publish a short monograph (download template), involving a thorough elaboration of the topics presented by keynote and selected speakers contributing to the workshop. The monograph is sponsored by the Marshal of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship, who generously agreed to grant a honorary patronage to the two-day event. A co-sponsorship of UTP is also to be mentioned. A honorary co-patronage of Professor Tomasz Topoliński, UTP Rector, has been assured, too.

This IVBW is meant to celebrate the 80th jubilee of Professor Krzysztof Wierzcholski from Koszalin University of Technology.


Speakers of IV BW with assignements to  sections:

  1. Locomotion Biomechanics – Basic Characteristics, and Related Topics:
    • Bert Van Rietbergen, TU Eindhoven, the Netherlands
    • Adam Mazurkiewicz, UTP Bydgoszcz
    • Angela Andrzejewska, UTP Bydgoszcz
    • Maciej Bosek, CM UMK Bydgoszcz/Toruń
  2. Locomotion Biomechanics and Physiology – Articulating Devices, Their Functioning and Interfacial Characteristics:
    • Stanislav Gorb (e-lecture), University of Kiel, Germany
    • Krzysztof Wierzcholski, Koszalin University of Technology
    • Tadeusz Kosztołowicz, UJK Kielce
    • Piotr Weber, PG Gdańsk
    • Piotr Bełdowski (e-lecture), UTP Bydgoszcz/FAU Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany
    • Natalia Kruszewska, UTP Bydgoszcz
  3. Locomotion Biomechanics – (Bio)materials and Methods with Biomimetic Solutions:
    • Bart Prorok (e-lecture), Auburn University, USA
    • Mateusz Wirwicki, UTP Bydgoszcz
    • Stanisław Jung, UTP Bydgoszcz
    • Jacek Siódmiak, UTP Bydgoszcz


The welcome/introduction and closing addresses to the overall subject of IV BW shall be given by Adam Gadomski, UTP Bydgoszcz, who remains the main organiser and the IV BW monograph editor.
A few student presentations are also planned be co-presented during the IV BM.


Biosystems Special Issue

Spatiotemporal Models Applied to Biology and Health Sciences
Edited by Dr. Adam Gadomski, Dr. Martin Bier, Dr. Jacek Siódmiak

Over the past decades, biology & medicine have become more quantitative disciplines. Accordingly, modeling that is standard to physicists has been ever more applied in the life sciences. On June 4th and 5th of 2018, at an international biomedical workshop in Bydgoszcz, Poland, invited speakers gave presentations on a variety of specific subjects under the general umbrella of “Spatiotemporal Models Applied to Biology and Health Sciences.” This Special Issue consists of more than dozen contributions in which the speakers give written accounts of material that they presented at the workshop.

Previous Workshop (3rd Edition – 2018)